As a continuation of a previous post, I have compiled the following suggestions for anyone who would like to be more environmentally conscientious. These actions are not particularly time-consuming or difficult. They can also save money, which is appealing to college students.
With little effort, these changes can be made and benefit not only the environment, but you as well!
- Use E-Books and Textbooks | Reading materials in electronic form can cut down on paper waste and save space on your bookshelf and in your backpack. E-copies are often cheaper than their paper counterparts, and can typically be synced with other devices, including your phone, so you can pick up on the page you left off. They also usually contain in-text hyperlinks to glossaries and additional content, while allowing you to easily highlight, bookmark, and make notes too. The text font and size can be changed on some devices and e-books as well, making it easier to read.
- Carpool/Bike/Walk Whenever Possible | This suggestion seems obvious, but it is still worth mentioning. The weather is getting nicer, and there are more opportunities to be outside. So when you are considering going somewhere close by, consider walking or biking there. Bikes@Naz allows students, faculty, and staff to rent a bike for up to a week, and they provide helmets. In situations where walking or riding a bike is not an option, attempt to carpool. When several people are going to the same place, try riding together or in as few cars as possible. This cuts down on emissions, while saving money on gas and parking.
- Plant a Garden | Growing your own food can be beneficial to the environment, as you are reducing your carbon footprint. Less trips to the store means less emissions, while also saving money on groceries as well. Some people may be think they cannot plant a garden as they do not have the space, however you can still grow plants in pots on a patio or deck. Growing your own food is healthier for you, and tastes better too because you are picking it fresh.
- Put Devices on Battery Save Mode | Using the battery save mode on your electronics can help conserve battery power, meaning that you have to charge them less. This mode adjusts your screen brightness based on the light available, and it limits features that are not in use that consume a lot of battery power, such as background refreshing. This increases efficiency and saves energy.
These simple suggestions can help both you and the environment. By reducing emissions, along with energy and resource use, you can easily save money and even time. Be sure to try out at least one of these and check out more suggestions in Part I if you have not had the chance!